Vallejo City Council voted on an alternative ordinance to put Mayor Osby Davis’ push for more power and money off until a date uncertain. The motion, put forward by councilmember Sampayan to put off Davis’ measure passed 5-2 with only support from Davis and Verder- Aliga for the strong mayor initiative. The strong mayor push has crashed and burned…for now.
The issue was deliberated over with a passionate and disruptive audience holding signs opposing Davis’ strong (or stronger) mayor. Verder-Aliga, who came under fire for her support, touted her thick skin to the crowd stating, “been there, done that,” several times. Her slavish support of the measure and inability to put forward a reasoned argument supporting her position speaks to her thoughtless obedience to Davis with little regard for public sentiment or respect for process. Verder-Aliga described her action as, “courage under fire.” It was anything but.
City Manager Dan Keen was clearly the darling of the crowd, with many showering accolades on him for his progress moving the city forward. Keen was unable to contain his embarrassment on the dais several times, blushing and putting his head down. Davis’ expression slowly formed a scowl as his motion sunk.
Sampayan, Miessner and Mcconnell spoke with passion against the measure bringing up the expense of some $270,000 plus dollars to place the measure on the ballot as well as the need for public input.
CHICK-FIL-A was approved unanimously on an alternate measure put forward by councilmember Mcconnell with some additional safety considerations for the left hand pocket turn wanted by the developer, which had been opposed by the planning commission. Discussion was spirited with speakers bringing up the homophobic policy record of Chick-fil-a.
Podcast Wednesday eve. We’re exhausted.